Training Rattlesnake Avoidance the Force Free Way!

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Pam’s Dog Academy was invited to Pleasanton, CA by Dodger’s Paws owned by Christine Salazar to do a 2 day Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Seminar.

It was a wonderful weekend…  Dogs learned to focus and listen to their owners in addition to learning to avoid rattlesnakes through sight, scent, sound and movement.  With this training the sight, sound and or scent of the rattlesnake becomes the cue and the handler does not need to be present for the dog to understand to move away from the rattlesnake or any dangerous thing you would like your dog to avoid.

A few behaviors taught in my program:

Attention Games

Impulse Control Games

Body Blocking Trained as a Behavior and other Safety Games

Leash Walking Skills and Games

Stay Games

Using Tricks and Agility Behaviors to keep your dog safe or move to safety…

Using the old cue new cue method to teach dogs to move away from snakes…

Desensitizing dogs to avoid and ignore moving objects which could be used for any animal, skateboard, bike, car, etc…

Recall Games

and SO MUCH MORE!

In this seminar I teach attendees how to tell the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes, rattlesnake behavior, rattlesnake fencing, and more.

We had 12 dogs and all did an outstanding job.  The best part was that not one dog was punished and were praised/rewarded for making right choices.

It was simply an amazing weekend!

If you would like to learn how to train dogs to avoid rattlesnakes using force free methods, please contact Pamela Johnson at pamsdogacademy@gmail.com.  I would be happy to do a seminar and or train your trainers.

Also, keep an eye out for my “Positive Rattlesnake Avoidance Training and Safety Program” DVD coming out through Tawzer Dog, soon.

Here is a link to a recorded webinar that Pamela Johnson did through the PPG (Pet Professional Guild) on Training Rattlesnake Avoidance the Force Free Way…  http://www.petprofessionalguild.com/event-1913569

Pam’s Dog Academy was also quoted and mentioned in the Whole Dog Journal: http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/18_5/features/Snake-Aversion-Without-Shock_21208-1.html

Here are just a few amazing shots of some of the dogs at the seminar.  They were all completely focused and awesome!

Have fun training your dog!

Pamela Johnson, B.S., M.A., CPDT-KA and owner of Pam’s Dog Academy

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New Disc Dog Title Holder!

Congratulations to Heather Schneider & Emma for earning their Disc Dog Freestyle Beginner Title (DDFB)

Freestyle Disc Dog Level 1 – Leg one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzxBovyRL98

Freestyle Disc Dog Level 1 – Leg two

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYi7fuknjIU

Freestyle Disc Dog Level 1 – Leg three

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DycuAEq7l5s

I am so proud of you both!  It is clear that Emma loves playing frisbee and that is what my titles are all about.  People having fun with their dogs!

Canine Freestyle Titling Opportunities…

Canine Freestyle Titles:  Pam’s Dog Academy

Titles will be awarded to dogs after completion of three legs in each level of a particular division. Each participant must start in level 1, even if the team can already perform at level 4. Multiple video routines can be entered at the same time in order to earn a title faster. However, they must be videos that were filmed at different times or on different days.  When submitting multiple videos to earn titles faster, each video will need an entry form as well as a entry fee.

To enter & submit video titles go to http://pamsdogtraining.com/video-titles/.  Click on the title you are interested in and you will find all the rules and entry forms.  We look forward to watching you and your dog perform.

Musical Canine Freestyle Division

Level 1: RF – Rookie Freestyler Level 2: NF- Novice Freestyler Level 3: AF- Advanced Freestyler Level 4: ExF- Excellent Freestyler

Junior Musical Canine Freestyle Division

Level 1: RFJ- Rookie Freestyler Junior Level 2: NFJ- Novice Freestyler Junior Level 3: AFJ- Advanced Freestyler Junior Level 4: ExFJ- Excellent Freestyler Junior

Props Division

Level 1: RFP- Rookie Freestyler Props Level 2: NFP- Novice Freestyler Props Level 3: AFP- Advanced Freestyler Props Level 4: ExFP- Excellent Freestyler Props

Junior Props Division

Level 1: RFPJ –Rookie Freestyler Props Jr. Level 2: NFPJ – Nov. Freestyler Props Jr. Level 3: AFPJ – Adv. Freestyler Props Jr. Level 4: ExFPJ – Excellent Freestyler Props Jr.

Heel Work to Music (No Props)

Level 1: RHT – Rookie HTM team Level 2: NHT- Novice HTM team Level 3: AHT- Advanced HTM team Level 4: ExHT- Excellent HTM team

Junior Heel Work to Music (No Props)

Level 1: RHTJ – Rookie HTM team Level 2: NHTJ- Novice HTM team Level 3: AHTJ- Advanced HTM team Level 4: ExHTJ- Excellent HTM team

Musical Canine Freestyle (Double Dog – DD) Division
Level 1: RFDD – Rookie Freestyle DD Level 2: NFDD- Novice Freestyle DD Level 3: AFDD- Advanced Freestyle DD Level 4: ExFDD- Excellent Freestyle DD

Junior Musical Canine Freestyle (Double Dog – DD) Division
Level 1: RFDDJ – Rookie Freestyle DD Level 2: NFDDJ- Novice Freestyle DD Level 3: AFDDJ- Advanced Freestyle DD Level 4: ExFDDJ- Excellent Freestyle DD